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The Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend allows participants to sample bivalves from all over the United States raw or cooked by dozens of local restaurants.
After you’ve stashed away all of your ghouls and goblins, roasted the pumpkin seeds and stolen your fair share of your kid’s candy, make your way to Gulf Shores for the Hangout Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer weekend Nov. 2-3.
The fun begins with Friday night’s Craft Beer Festival. Your $40 ticket gets you Tasting dozens of beers from Good People, Abita, Big Beach Brewing, Sierra Nevada and more. Live music goes hand in hand with beer tastings. You’ll enjoy performances by Matt Maeson and Billy Raffoul while sucking your suds. This beast is a 21-and-up event. Leave the young’uns at home.
Saturday, Nov. 3, is the big show. A cool $10 gets you into the Oyster Cook-Off and Tasting tickets are purchased in the venue. Oyster dishes from dozens of chefs flood the property. Cooking demos from food stars show you the tricks to hone your kitchen skills. Craft beer, bloody mary stations and Champagne offerings will keep you lubricated.
My favorite attraction is the North American Oyster Showcase. This raw bar is your annual chance to sample oysters from across the continent. You be the judge and see how offerings from the mid-Atlantic and New England to the Pacific Northwest and California hold up to those coming from our warm Gulf waters. (Spoiler alert: They’re all good.)
VIP tickets run $150 and get you not only admission to Saturday’s cook-off, but also exclusive chef tastings, meet-and-greets and admission to a “Chefs Only” private party Saturday night. VIP areas feature relaxed seating and a private bar. Visit hangoutcookoff.com for a list of chefs and ticket availability. We will see you there.
Mobile International Festival coming
The 35th annual Mobile International Festival is coming to The Grounds (Mobile Fairgrounds) Saturday, Nov. 17. I fondly remember it in our Civic Center downtown and it’s obviously a great time to have lasted this long. Schools love the educational aspect and everyone loves the live entertainment, but let’s be honest: It’s really the food that brings you in.
Have something from most corners of the globe. Broaden your palate, explore other cultures! Admission is only $12. I’ve paid more than that just to ride the Zipper at that joint. Get your advance tickets and learn more at mobileinternationalfestival.org.
Bonefish offers new brunch menu
If you need another reason to go to West Mobile, then maybe Bonefish Grill’s new brunch menu can get you there. Crab Cake Rancheros, seasonal avocado toast, Greens, Egg and Ham (crispy Brussels sprouts) sound great. I’m going for the savory, corn-based seafood pancakes and the Ahi Tuna Steak and Eggs. Offered at all Bonefish Grill locations, the menu is available Saturday and Sunday.
All Saints Bayou Bash Nov. 2
The 14 annual Bayou Bash is Friday, Nov. 2, 6-10 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 151 S. Ann St. The $40 tickets get you live music, food and drinks with all proceeds going to outreach ministries. Don’t miss it!
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